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Researchers and community groups are teaming up on a new project along our coast to help monitor pH for detecting and characterizing the progression of ocean acidification in Oregon’s Marine Reserves. The collaboration, spearheaded by Oregon State University (OSU) and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), is teaming up with marine reserve community groups up and down the coast, including Surfrider’s Newport Chapter, to not only fill geographic gaps in scientific monitoring, but to also engage citizens in making measurements in their local coastal ecosystems to better understand this complex issue.
There’s tons of fun to be had in the area, read on for insider info on the best spots to surf, paddle, hike and eat!
We’re excited to announce that this year’s annual Surfrider Cascadia Chapter Conference will be held in Newport, OR, a spectacular and special place to gather and share some Surfrider stoke! The 2016 conference, held August 26-28th, will offer a wide range of presentations and break-out sessions led by chapters and Surfrider staff on current campaigns, programs, important issues, and organizational best practices. (Scroll down for a full draft conference program + Field Trip details) Our goal is that attending activists will bring back new skills & fresh ideas to their chapters! There will be plenty of time for the enjoyment aspect of our mission too!
Traveling to the coast this weekend for the 4th? NOAA’s Marine Debris Program recently posted a great blog post on keeping “land of the free, free from debris”, and we’ll hope you’ll abide this holiday weekend…be a bro, not a schmo! Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the 4th, but they can also have unintended consequences in the marine environment and sensitive ecological areas. From noise disturbance to toxins from firework debris, our oceans and fireworks don’t exactly mix. Go have fun on the 4th, and if you plan to light it up, here’s a few things to keep in mind:
A research team at Portland State University is conducting a survey of Oregonians to better understand how residents use and value the coast and ocean. The Oregon Coast Values Survey asks about opinions on marine management activities, and preferences for future management and also includes an online mapping activity, allowing those who take the survey to indicate places on the coast that are important to them, and to recommend changes in management of areas. For recreational users, this is an important opportunity to speak to the places that are important to you!
It’s been less than a week since eleven cars from a 96-car Union Pacific train derailed in a National Scenic Area next to the iconic Columbia River (less than 0.13 miles away), and trains are already rolling on down the line, right through the middle of the cleanup operation and just feet from the derailed and destroyed cars. Hopefully this incident will serve as a serious wake up call to the general public and decision makers who’ll be deciding the fate of proposed future oil export terminals in the PNW.